Soul Food for Hungry Adult Communities: June 9th 2013, Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Mass Readings: St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 1:11-19, and Gospel of Luke 7:11-17. Click here for Mass Readings for this Sunday:

Two young men found life from Jesus, today. One was Saul/Paul who was rescued from

Caravaggio's Conversion of Saul

all his legalism and fanaticism for the law, when he was ‘up-ended’ by Jesus while travelling on his road to Damascus, with hardness in his heart towards the followers of this Jesus.

The other young man found life from Jesus, when Jesus’ heart went out in compassion to the young man’s mother, a widow, who wept over the death of her young son. Jesus took the lad by the hand and said, simply, ‘Young man, get up!’. And the young man came back to life.

Raising the son of the widow of Nain: from a painting in Esker Monastery.

Now, it could be a young man or young woman, an older woman or an older man. As usual, just change the names, and the story is about ourselves.  Jesus rescues you and me from the death of hardness of heart and narrowness of mind. Jesus rescues us from any kind of ‘death’ in us that breaks his heart,- and ours!

Jesus is about LIFE, living life, – ‘I have come that you may have LIFE and have it to the FULL.’ (John 10:10)   No messing around here with words, and no half measures. Setting us free, bringing us home again to our true selves, that’s his longing. He has a lot to give us,- lots of freeing, lots of living and lots of loving- if we but recognise that there’s a lot of deadness in each of us.

Life to the Full! That’s our longing. That’s his giving.

‘Young man, I tell you to get up.

'...called me while stil in my mother's womb'

And this can happen to any one of us, at any age in life: ‘God, who had specially chosen me while I was still in my mother’s womb, called me through his grace and chose to reveal his Son in me, so that I might preach the Good News about him to the pagans.’

Time to start living?

Seamus Devitt C.Ss.R.                 



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